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22-year-old gets OK to open Rochester charter school — Unlike most school leaders, Ted Morris' days in a high school classroom are still very fresh in his memory. It was only six years ago that he graduated from School Without Walls at age 16.
Nov 23, 2014

A 22-year-old city school grad gets OK to open Rochester charter school via @DandC #ROC Will it succeed?

Nov 23, 2014

School Without Walks grad, only 22, opening #ROC charter school -- he has state approval too!

Indian River ground game too much for Irondequoit — Indian River, the Section III Class A champion, ended Irondequoit's high school football season with a 49-22 win over the Eagles during the state semifinals Sunday at Sahlen's Stadium. The Warriors ran away to their first appearance in a state championship game, which will be 3 p.m.

Nathaniel Hawthorne School No. 25 — It seems curious that Rochester would name a public building after a non-resident, especially one with only a modest connection to the city. Yet such was the case when, following its construction in 1915, local leaders christened School 25 in honor of the Massachusetts-born literary giant, Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Saturday at the 2014 NYSPHSAA Swimming and Diving Championships — Pittsford's Lindsay Stone pumps her fist after winning the finals of the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:48.89 during the 2014 NYSPHSAA Girls Swimming & Diving Championships held at Ithaca College on Nov. 22, 2014.

Advocates discuss early education solutions — Just minutes into a panel discussion on the role of the greater community in providing early education for Rochester children, Shelley Matthews, the literacy coordinator for the Rochester Public Library, got right to the point. "We're failing our children," she said. "Our youngest neighbors need our help."

State politicians eying a pay raise — More than three-dozen state lawmakers have faced ethics woes since 2000. New York has one of the worst business climates in the country, and the state Legislature already is the third highest paid in the nation for what is technically a part-time job. Now some state lawmakers want a raise.
Nov 23, 2014

RT @MarciaGreenwood: The folks who drafted and passed legislation making yogurt the official state snack want a pay raise. #ROC via @DandC

All exits now open along Thruway — The state Thruway Authority says the entire length of the interstate is open, after snow from last week's lake-effect storm in the Buffalo area was removed. More than 80 snowbound vehicles were towed from the highway to three lots. Drivers can find out where to pick up their vehicles at the Thruway website ( ).

Nursing home data: How to make sense of it all — You're supposed to have activities you like. The people caring for you must meet certain qualifications. And more. If the nursing home doesn't follow any of the 300 or so health regulations to the exact letter, that doesn't mean you'll be injured. You may never be aware a mistake happened.
Nov 23, 2014

Let's talk nursing homes Monday, Nov. 24 at noon. Read about Monroe County homes

Nov 22, 2014

Reporter Patti Singer crunched local nursing home data and will chat Monday on Facebook via @DandC #ROC

Pittsford breaks swimming record — The Pittsford 200-yard medley relay team made history on Friday, and that's with an expected drop in time to come on Saturday. The relay of Becca Evans, Emma Corby, Lindsay Stone and Katie Smith posted a state public and Federation-record time of 1 minute, 35.04 seconds in the preliminaries of the NYSPHSAA Swimming and Diving Championships at Ithaca College.
Nov 22, 2014

RT @jjDandC: #Swimming *NYS Championships: #Pittsford relay sets record and more from preliminaries at Ithaca College - #Fairport

Nov 22, 2014

#Swimming *NYS Championships: #Pittsford relay sets record and more from preliminaries at Ithaca College - #Fairport

As WNY residents dig out, flooding a concern — After a three-day onslaught that dumped a historic 7 feet of snow on the Buffalo area, the sun came out, but so did predictions of flooding caused by rain and temperatures of up to 60 degrees. Weather Service meteorologist Jon Hitchcock said there might be trouble with drainage as snow and the uncollected autumn leaves underneath blocked catch basins.
Nov 22, 2014

Knowing how quick snow thaw wreaks havoc, feel bad for home owners. Flooding a major concern for WNY via @DandC

Irondequoit still alive in states — The Irondequoit Eagles play in the Class A state semifinals this weekend.

Irondequoit relishes shot at a state title — Dylan Harrington and his Irondequoit football teammates have their proof. The question of whether Irondequoit could be one of the final teams still in pads in Section V has been answered. Irondequoit is in contention for a state championship. And Harrington has evidence that he can be a player who stands out when a winning team counts on him.

Derrick Smith’s voice still resonates — Derrick Smith was known not only as an immensely talented vocalist, but also as an inspirational teacher who would greet you with a smile. His booming baritone voice found a home locally on the faculties of the Eastman Community Music School and Nazareth College. He also performed at Carnegie Hall and abroad.
Nov 22, 2014

Derrick Smith’s voice still resonates, as a performer and inspirational teacher. via @DandC @UofR @NazarethCollege

Whatever Happened To ... McCurdy's? — McCurdy's was a retail giant and pioneer in Rochester for nearly a century and the last of the locally owned family department stores. Though perhaps overshadowed by Sibley's - which was profiled in an earlier "Whatever Happened To..." installment - McCurdy's certainly made its own enormous impact in Rochester.

First digital camera on display at Eastman House — When Steve Sasson made the first digital camera in 1975, he never dreamed it would end up on display at the George Eastman House. "I just never thought about the significance of it, to be honest with you, until the press started asking me lots of question in the early 2000s," Sasson said.
Nov 22, 2014

First digital camera made by former Eastman Kodak engineer Steve Sasson is on display at George Eastman House in Ro…

Nov 22, 2014

First digital camera invented by former Kodak engineer Steve Sasson on display at Eastman House until Jan. 4 @DandC

Nov 22, 2014

First digital camera on display at Eastman House (lol, feeling old; device made in 1975 now historic) via @DandC #ROC

Leo Roth: Country will be rooting for Bills — First off, let's get this straight: Had a Buffalo Bills game scheduled for 1 o'clock Sunday at snowed-under Ralph Wilson Stadium taken place, fans would've shown up. By snowmobile and by dog sled. On snowshoes and cross country skies. With St. Bernards and kegs. Gratefully, fans weren't asked to demonstrate their hardiness and loyalty.

Most of Thruway now open after storm — Drivers are now free to exit the New York State Thruway in the areas pummeled earlier this week by up to 7 feet of snow. Gov. Andrew Cuomo had reopened a 132-mile stretch of the closed thoroughfare on Friday.

Forensic psych bed additions worry some — Six months after saying plans to convert the Rochester Psychiatric Center to a regional facility for criminal and court-ordered patients were on hold, the state announced this week it would add 29 forensic beds at the Elmwood Avenue facility - bringing the number up to 84.

How are local nursing homes doing? Let's talk Monday — Nursing home. Are there two words more filled with emotion, uncertainty - and maybe fear - for elderly people and their families? Whether a person is going for short-term rehab or to live out their days, the move to a nursing home changes everyone's lives. I have some experience with this.
Nov 21, 2014

@PattiSingerRoc will host a Facebook chat about nursing homes Monday at noon. She's been studying data on facilities.

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